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Poirot ontvangt een brief waarin wordt aangekondigd dat er op 21 juni in het plaatsje Andover iets gaat gebeuren. Eerst denkt hij aan een grap, maar dan wordt er op de aangekondigde datum en plaats iemand vermoord. Er komt een tweede brief, waarin een moord op 25 juli wordt voorspeld, in Bexhill aan Zee. En nu weet Poirot dat er geen sprake is van een grap. Het lijkt echtePoirot ontvangt een brief waarin wordt aangekondigd dat er op 21 juni in het plaatsje Andover iets gaat gebeuren. Eerst denkt hij aan een grap, maar dan wordt er op de aangekondigde datum en plaats iemand vermoord. Er komt een tweede brief, waarin een moord op 25 juli wordt voorspeld, in Bexhill aan Zee. En nu weet Poirot dat er geen sprake is van een grap. Het lijkt echter onmogelijk de moordenaar op te sporen, zelfs voor de beroemdste speurder van Engeland....

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  • Adina
    2019-01-06 05:19

    Back when I had an Audible subscription I acquired 2 literature courses and one of them is called The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction. It is a history of the genre and its many ramifications. There are quite a few books mentioned and I am planning to read most of them as they appear in the lectures. Since Agatha Christie is one of the most important personalities in the history of Crime fiction (among Poe, Doyle, Hammett and Chandler) her works are extensively present in these lectures. The first novel I encountered by her is the ABC murders and this is why I decided to read it as my 2nd Christie. I doubt anyone contests her talent to write amazing, clever, twisting crime novels. Time passed well over the pages of her works and I feel that they will continue to be enjoyed many years from now. She managed to surprise me this time as well and I enjoyed the reveal at the end although I had intuited who the murderer was. This time, Hercule Poirot faces a direct challenge from a serial killer. He is sent letters from the perpetrator announcing in advance where the murders will take place. As the title suggest, the killer chooses his/her victims and crime location in alphabetic order. I enjoyed reading this little book and my only regret was that I had no time to absorb it in one go and had to settle for a few pages/day. My next Christie will probably be The murder of Roger Akcroyd.

  • Jason Koivu
    2019-01-15 05:10

    Agatha Christie is such a crafty devil that midway through a novel she might have you believing that YOU are the murderer!Indeed, The ABC Murders uses slight-of-hand most deftly. Again, I was thrown off the scent of the real killer and was ready to blame others. I feel a bit foolish when she dangles bait in front of me, and although I guess it for what it is, I take it anyway. And yet, if ever it felt good to be played the fool, it's while reading a cracking good mystery. Ah, but never fear, Hercule Poirot is here! Christie may make him out to be the retired old sleuth past his prime, but she's used that line on us before and we know the little man with the peculiar accent and fantastic mustaches won't let us down! In this story, he is put on his guard by the personal nature of the murderer's actions. He is not quite as flippant as he can be, in fact, he seems downright disconcerted at times. It makes for a nice change in the character. After sampling a few shorter Poirot stories, it felt liberating to read something that stretched and breathed a bit more. While the shorts feel like wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am, this makes you feel like you've been wined and dined. Christie even gets all psychological on this one! Not only in how she delves into the minds of the suspects, but the 1st person/3rd person narration switches made The ABC Murders seem that much more cerebral! Seriously, she may not go down as the most clever author of all time, but I like that she tried these sorts of techniques. Rating: A 4 star book that gets an extra star for captivating me almost from start to finish!

  • Valerie
    2018-12-27 01:10

    I try to get my math students to read mysteries, because the logical skills of finding a pattern and using inductive and deductive reasoning are often skillfully laid out. If you've read this book, you know why its one that I use to illustrate that point in my class. Sadly, the point is underappreciated by my high school students.

  • Ginger
    2019-01-11 03:16

    The book starts off with a methodical, serial killer sending Hercule Poirot a letter of a future murder! Did a person just die and how do they find the victim?Enter the mind of the great Agatha Christie.I loved that Agatha Christie went in a completely new direction with this plot. She usually does a singular murder, not a manhunt on stopping a serial killer.The last part of the book made this a 4-star book for me!It was lagging in the middle for me. I didn’t think the serial killer was who we were expecting it to be and I’m glad I stuck it out. The mystery of the killer was not so obvious. I had a feeling that AC would try to fool me because of the past books that I've read! She's clever like that.I had my suspicions of who it was at about 85% in the book and when Poirot started stating all the facts at the end, I did a fist bump! I love how AC can take a murder mystery and put all the facts and assumptions together seamlessly.Her brain is brilliant and she's the GOAT of mysteries. Hahaha!

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2018-12-27 01:04

    The A.B.C. Murders, Agatha Christieتاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و هفتم ماه اکتبر سال 2014 میلادیعنوان: قتلهای الفبایی؛ نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ مترجم: محمدعلی ایزدی؛ تهران، هرمس، کارآگاه، 1392، در 278 ص؛ا. شربیانی

  • Aditi
    2019-01-06 00:56

    “Our weapon is our knowledge. But remember, it may be a knowledge we may not know that we possess.”----Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie, the Queen of Mystery, has spun and extremely intriguing crime fiction and the thirteenth tale from her Hercule Poirot series called, The A.B.C. Murders that revolves around the anonymous letters stating as well as challenging Poirot that a murder will take place in the alphabetical order in a random town, and that intrigues the clever Poirot to come out of his early retirement to catch the mad serial killer striking random people in the alphabetical manner.Synopsis: There's a serial killer on the loose, bent on working his way through the alphabet. And as a macabre calling card he leaves beside each victim's corpse the ABC Railway Guide open at the name of the town where the murder has taken place. Having begun with Andover, Bexhill and then Churston, there seems little chance of the murderer being caught - until he makes the crucial and vain mistake of challenging Hercule Poirot to frustrate his plans. Poirot is tempted by the anonymous letter addressed to him stating about a murder that is going to take place is a particular town on a particular date and signed as ABC. And within no time, the letter's each word comes true as the murder of an old lady takes place on the letter's said date and place, and it seems the killer has left an ABC railway guide book beside the dead body. And pretty soon one after another murder takes place that Poirot could not stop those from happening. So four murders later, Poirot finally manages to lure the serial killer onto his trap. Although this time, Poirot uses his gray matters and logic more than the clues to come to a conclusion about this baffling serial killing case.One of my absolute favorite Agatha Christie books that, no matter, how many times I read it, always leave me awestruck with the intensity of the thrill and with Poirot's unmatched wits that comes out strikingly only in few of the books from the Hercule Poirot series. Although the book opens bit slow, still somewhere in the middle of the story, the complexity of the plot will drown its readers and leave them anticipating till the very last page.The writing style is eloquent and is laced with so many layers that makes this plot challenging and interesting that will keep the readers glued to the pages of this book. The narrative is equally engaging with that light French flair mixed heavily with the English undertone thereby making the story line real and enthralling for the readers. The pacing is quite fast as the author unravels her plot through so many twists and turns that will leave the readers guessing till the very end. The mystery part is extremely well concocted by the author, in fact, I've never ever came across such a mystery book where the plot is so thick and keeps getting thicker until it deludes the readers into its unknown depth and finally in the climax, the plot gradually begins to unravel through the author's smart and clever perspective that is highly absorbing and justifiable. The mystery is one hell of a roller coaster ride filled with some highly anticipating scenes, adrenaline rushing moments and some challenging events.The characters are, no doubt, very much well crafted through their flaws, psychological challenges, and their thorough mindset, so while reading, it will feel like taking a trip inside the head of the secondary characters apart from Poirot and his friend, Hastings. The author depicts her characters with a clear insight into the minds of those characters, thereby making her readers contemplate with the characters' demeanor easily. Poirot's charm, his French exclamations and his wit simply steals the show. Oui! In a nutshell, this book is one of the few showstopper crime fiction books that is not only riveting but also enlightening enough for the readers to look beyond the characters demeanor and the fictional plot's development and right into the mind of such an excellent and flawless writer of all times.Verdict:Poirot and Christie at their best!

  • Shobhit Sharad
    2019-01-08 01:12

    Agatha Christie is a WITCH! I don't know how but she manages to confound me EVERY TIME I read one of her books. Specially, with this one. You're going with the story, reading with a flow, building up to the climax, and then suddenly whatever you were thinking is snatched away from you, and you begin to look at the things in a way that you never thought of until now.And to do her justice, not only was this story (and any of her others) thrilling, but it had an element of reality better than most of her counterparts (no comparisons). And here's an example, in the words of Poirot-"And it is very true—when a young girl is dead, that is the kind of thing that is said. She was bright. She was happy. She was sweet-tempered. She had not a care in the world. She had no undesirable acquaintances. There is a great charity always to the dead. Do you know what I should like this minute? I should like to find someone who knew Elizabeth Barnard and who does not know she is dead! Then, perhaps, I should hear what is useful to me—the truth.”(Skip this paragraph to avoid spoilers.)At one point of time in the book, I felt I was going to be disappointed, because up to the last the crimes were attributed to mental illness, and what fun is in that? I had my doubts deep within, but they were too deep to have any effect on what I was reading.But when we came to the typical Christie climax scene, a room full of people, and Poirot giving his dramatic explanation, that is when the cloud from in front of my eyes cleared and I praised one of the best writers of detective stories ever!

  • Brenda
    2018-12-21 06:05

    Was the killer working his way through the alphabet? That’s what M. Hercule Poirot wanted to know. And his offsider Captain Hastings was of the same mind.Andover and the elderly Mrs Ascher; Bexhill and a young Miss Betty Barnard and Churston and a gentleman by the name of Sir Carmichael Clarke had all met untimely deaths at the hands of a maniac who would leave the ABC Railway guide near to or on the body, showing each destination as proof he was once again bettering the police, but especially M. Poirot. With Scotland Yard involved, plus Poirot and Hastings – surely they would get to the bottom of the dastardly murders before “D” arrived.The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie is #13 in the Hercule Poirot series and another excellent crime novel. I always enjoy M. Poirot’s deductions; the way his little grey cells get a work-out. Highly entertaining, and once again, highly recommended.

  • Miriam
    2018-12-21 08:15

    These alphabetical serial murders are a bit different from the usual Christie crimes -- or ARE they?For once I solved the murder before the end. My little gray cells must be working harder...or I've simply read enough of these stories to be a better guesser.

  • Amy | shoutame
    2018-12-22 04:12

    Agatha Christie is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors and definitely a go-to author for when I fancy a quick pick-me-up!This novel is the 13th book in the Hercule Poirot series, I am reading them out of order as I'm just grabbing them from my library's e-book collection when they become available - although I don't think it matters too much if you read them slightly out of order!- This novel follows Poirot as he endeavours to solve a series of mysterious murders. After receiving an anonymous later hinting that death may be coming Poirot is left a little befuddled. Soon after it is reported that a woman has been murdered and left beside her body was an ABC Railway Guide. This leads to a series of murders all following a similar pattern - the murderer is going through the alphabet, murdering people with names beginning with the specified letter, working his way from A-Z. Not only does the name of the person play a part but also the place that they live in - as the news becomes more publicized everyone is trying to guess where the next murder will take place and which unfortunate person will be chosen. Poirot and his trusty friend Hastings get on the case...how far into the alphabet will the murderer get?- As always with Christie novels I got such a feeling of nostalgia whilst reading - it's such a bizarre sense of happiness I just love it! Poirot was on top form and did his usual slow release of information - I still didn't manage to work out who the murderer was!- I really enjoyed the fact that there was more than one murder - it seemed to give the novel a lot more excitement and more places where the murderer could be caught out! In saying that though it did mean there were a lot of characters involved so some of them we didn't get know as well as in some of the other Poirot stories I've read.- I would highly recommend to any lover of Christie or to anyone looking for a good brain-teaser! - 4 out of 5 stars and I can't wait to read my next one!

  • Poonam
    2019-01-04 05:20

    3.5 starsEven though this book belongs to the Poirot series it is very different to the other Poirot books. Most of the books in this series belong to the cozy mystery genre and the only other time I have read Christie attempt something different in the Poirot series was in The Big Four. That was not something I enjoyed but relieved to say I actually enjoyed this attempt.In this the murderer sends letters to Poirot himself issuing a challenge. Reminded me of the infamous Zodiac Killer.The whole city is in uproar over the string of murders and there is an added pressure to nab the culprit in time before another murder is committed. Here goes the typical cozy mystery feel out of the window. I did enjoy this for a change.There are chapters from the killers perspective which is unexpected and again a new in Christie's novel (from the one's I have read). Loved the chase, the turn of events and the overall excitement. But at the end do remember it's Poirot and his grey cells that always win!

  • Noha Badawi
    2018-12-25 06:24

    I get it now why people call her,the queen of crime

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-01-08 09:03

    “There is nothing so terrible as to live in an atmosphere of suspicion - to see eyes watching you and the love in them changing to fear - nothing so terrible as to suspect those near and dear to you - It is poisonous - a miasma.” Hercule Poirot gets a few surprises – his old friend Hastings has come for an extended stay and visit, and a serial killer has decided to target him with teasing notes before he strikes.As always, clever. The point of this one was the journey and not the destination/culprit. I didn't guess the killer exactly, it's complicated with this one, but there was a surprising twist that made a diabolical sense. Christie shows the viewpoint of the supposed culprit from the start. Poirot wasn’t trying to figure out who the killer was so much as he was trying to figure out a possible motive other than a ‘madman is doing it because he’s mad.’It was a treat to see Poirot and Hastings meet up again when both are older and still friends - poor Hastings is apparently losing his hair, which makes one of several amusing moments. Their comical exchanges bring spice to the page - even if Hastings isn't the most fascinating character, their friendship is a joy in these books. He’s definitely grown to enjoy the sleuthing business more than he used to.We don’t get into the head of the great detective this time, and Christie uses a multiple viewpoint between two people, but it works well. The ABC Murders would make a clever movie adaptation – have they done it already? – although the mystery itself isn’t the strongest of her works. Poirot being there solving the puzzle makes it all the better – he’s definitely my favorite detective. He will live on.

  • Mitch
    2019-01-07 05:16

    Before I begin my review, let me start off my saying I am a HUGE fan of Agatha Christie. Throughout the years I have always used her novels as "go to" books if I am in a literary dry spell and yearn to read something I am guarentee to enjoy. My girl Aggie usually hits the spot! However, sadly, I must say that "The A.B.C. Murders" is thus far my least favourite of all her books. The following may contain spoilers:Poirot, everyone's favourite detective, receives a mysterious letter warning him of a crime to hit Adover: and Hercule correctly predicts murder. Soon a string of murders spread out among different cities and a variety of victims begins to occur. The only thing in common is that the murderer sends a letter prior to the tragedies, each victim's name corresponds to the next letter of the alphabet, and an A.B.C. train book is always at the scene of every crime. Now Poirot teams up with the friends and family of the victims to try to prevent the killer from moving his way up the alphabet!Now, the premise and general story are quite interesting. However, I just felt like this book was different from many of the other that I love. Call me old fashioned, but I like the "Oh no, there is a murder! I will gather clues, interview each person one by one, and then gather them together and spring the answer on everyone with the killer present!" And although this book also sort of follows that formula, it just isn't as...hmmm effective I guess as other books like "Murder on the Orient Express" or "Appointment with Death". I don't know...something just seemed missing and I didn't feel invested with any of the characters. So, Aggie my girl, I love ya, but this one was just so-so for me.

  • Wasee
    2019-01-04 09:15

    বই বিষয়ে বলার আগে, আগাথা ক্রিস্টির সম্পর্কে কিছু কথা বলে নেই। রহস্য,রোমাঞ্চ,ক্রাইম থ্রিলার,গোয়েন্দা কাহিনী, মার্ডার মিস্ট্রি - আমার পড়া বেশিরভাগ বই-ই এই ঘরানার ভেতর আবদ্ধ। স্বাভাবিক কারণেই নানান রকম গোয়েন্দা চরিত্রের সাথে পরিচিত হয়েছি, একটু একটু করে উপলব্ধি করেছি লেখকভেদে কীভাবে রহস্যের গাথুনীর বহুমাত্রিকতা দেখা যায়। বিভিন্ন দেশের,বিভিন্ন কালের, বিভিন্ন বয়সী কাল্পনিক গোয়েন্দা চরিত্রগুলো আমাদের মনে বাস্তবের চেয়েও বেশী প্রভাব ফেলে। তবে, দিনের শেষে নির্দিষ্ট কোনো চরিত্র ঠিকই মনে দাগ কেটে যায়। শার্লক হোমস আর এরকুল পোয়ারোর ভেতর বেছে নিতে গেলে, ব্যক্তিত্ব এবং বৈশিষ্ট্যগত দিক বিবেচনা করে আমি হোমস কে প্রাধান্য দেই। ব্যক্তি এরকুল পোয়ারোকে আমার বিশেষ পছন্দ নয় (এমনকি পোয়ারোর স্রষ্টা স্বয়ং ক্রিস্টি-ও পোয়ারোকে খুব একটা পছন্দ করতেন না।) তবে, রহস্য সমাধানের ক্ষেত্রে এই অহংকারী বেলজিয়ান ভদ্রলোকের কোনো তুলনা সম্ভব নয়। কোনো অতীন্দ্রিয় ক্ষমতায় নয়, স্বাভাবিক বিচার বিশ্লেষণের মাধ্যমে একের পর এক অপরাধীর মুখোশ উন্মোচন করে দেন পোয়ারো। আগাথা ক্রিস্টির লেখার যে দিকটা আমি সবচেয়ে বেশি পছন্দ করি- শুরু হবে বেশ সোজাসাপ্টাভাবে, এরপর রহস্য ঘনীভূত হতে থাকবে, পাঠকের চোখের সামনে অমীমাংসিত ধাধা আসতেই থাকবে। হঠাত সমাধানটা আপনার কাছে জলবৎ তরলং বলে মনে হবে। অত:পর শেষে গিয়ে বিরাট বড় টুইস্টের সম্মুখীন হয়ে আপনি মেনে নিতে বাধ্য হবেন, "Dame Agatha Christie is the queen of murder mysteries indeed" আর হ্যা, আপনি ভুলে যেতে পারেন, তবে ছোট ছোট সব প্রশ্নের উত্তর দিয়ে যেতে আগাথা ক্রিস্টি কখনোই ভোলেন না!সিরিয়াল কিলার (মূল উপন্যাস: এবিসি মার্ডারস) বইটা নি:সন্দেহে ক্রিস্টির সেরা বইগুলোর একটা। মার্ডার মিস্ট্রি/ সাইকোলজিক্যাল ম্যানিপুলেশন - যেদিক থেকেই দেখুন, এ ধরনের "সুস্বাদু" বইয়ের জুড়ি মেলা ভার। স্বয়ং পোয়ারোকে চ্যালেঞ্জ ছুড়ে দিয়ে তার নাকের ডগায় হতে থাকে একের পর এক খুন। খুনের কায়দাটাও অভিনব - বর্ণমালার ক্রম অনুযায়ী। শুরু হয় ইদুর বেড়াল খেলা, ঘটতে থাকে একের পর এক রহস্যময় খুন। সমাধান চোখের সামনে পেয়েও.... থাক, বাকিটা বললে স্পয়লার হয়ে যায়!!! রুপান্তর প্রসংগে আসি- প্রিয় লেখিকা, প্রিয় বই, প্রিয় অনুবাদক ( মাইটি ট্রিনিটি বলা যায় বোধহয় :) )। ফুয়াদ ভাইয়ের রুপান্তর/অনুবাদ বরাবরের মতোই সাবলীল এবং প্রাণবন্ত। রাকিব ভাইয়ের সাথে যুগলবন্দীতে একেবারে সোনায় সোহাগা'ই বলব। সবচেয়ে খুশি হয়েছি, সুযোগ্য হাতে সঠিক বইয়ের অনুবাদ হয়েছে - এটা ভেবেই।

  • Bắp
    2019-01-04 08:18

    Trước khi 2 chương cuối cùng mở ra, cảm giác của mình là hoàn toàn không thỏa mãn :3Tính tới thời điểm đó thì mình thấy 1 sự may mắn ngập tràn dành cho những người thuộc team phá án. Mình mong chờ việc ông Poirot sử dụng 1 chút chất xám như thường lệ, cùng với sự trợ giúp đắc lực về mặt chân tay của đội quân nhí nhố Scotland Yard, để bắt tận tay day tận trán gã nhân vật X đó. Ở đây, vào 1 ngày đẹp trời, nhân dạng và nơi chốn cư trú của gã bỗng "ngã vào vòng tay" của cảnh sát. Và cũng ở cái ngày đẹp trời ấy, mặc dù đã đi trốn nhưng rốt cục chính gã cũng ngã vào vòng tay cảnh sát theo đúng cả nghĩa bóng lẫn nghĩa đen :3Nhưng cuối cùng cái kết...chẹp :3 Agatha Christie, như thường thấy, lại vặn sườn độc giả khi trọng tài đã giơ biển chỉ còn vài phút bù giờ. -_-Lượn qua 1 vài review tìm được trên gút le thì mình thấy có bạn nói khai thác chủ đề sát nhân hàng loạt mà diễn tiến truyện bình thường quá, chẳng giật gân gay cấn gì :3 mình đồng ý với ý kiến đó và mình thích nó phải như thế vì không như thế sao còn là Agatha Christie, vì người ta gọi bà ấy là nữ hoàng trinh thám CỔ ĐIỂN cơ mà :>Kết luận rút ra : nhiều khi không nên ngó những review trên tiki vì mình thấy trên đấy có nhiều bạn review rất vui tính. Như có 1 bạn nọ, cảm thấy thất vọng về truyện và chê truyện vì bạn ấy thường có thói quen đoán hung thủ vậy mà lần này ai dè đoán trật lất :| ô lạ kỳ. Cuộc đời không có đạo diễn còn đầy rẫy những cú lừa thế kỷ nữa là mấy cuốn sách có "đạo diễn" chấp bút từ A tới Z. Không nên thất vọng làm gì, cho dù kể cả khi quay vào ô mất lượt, mà hãy thực hiện phương châm tối 10h đi ngủ, sáng sớm chạy mấy vòng, về nhà tắm nước lạnh, thôi nghĩ điều viển vông, thỉnh thoảng ra bờ sông, cho nguôi lòng mình lại, cuộc đời ai sầu mãi, cau mày mà làm chi :>

  • necromancer
    2019-01-10 04:02

    "Words, madmoiselle, are only the outer clothing of ideas."Agatha Christie isn't called the Queen of Crime for nothing, you know, and this book was a prime example of her proficiency. Generally, her books have an array of suspects, and we readers have to guess who the culprit is before the ending arrives, but this book was quite different. How, might you ask? You see, this time Christie handed us the murderer (view spoiler)[or so we thought (hide spoiler)] on a silver platter. Most of the mystery was about how Poirot would arrive at the correct solution. Arrive at it he did, of course, as every reader who knows him in the slightest expected, and gave us a most satisfactory ending. I've got more Agatha Christies sitting in my cupboard, just waiting to be read, and I eagerly anticipate beginning them!

  • Dina
    2018-12-27 07:11

    Reference NotesSeries: Hercule Poirot #14 (1936)Narrator: HastingsRecurring Character: Scotland Yard's Chief Inspector James JappVictims:Mrs. Alice Ascher (COD: heavy blow on the back of the head)Ms. Elizabeth "Betty" Barnard (COD: strangulation)Sir Carmichael Clarke (COD: heavy blow on the back of the head)Mr. George Earlsfield (COD: stabbing)Suspects:Mr. Alexander Bonaparte CustMs. Mary Drower (Mrs. Ascher's niece)Ms. Megan Barnard (Betty's sister)Mr. Donald Fraser (Betty's boyfriend)Mr. Franklin Clarke (Sir Carmichael's brother)Ms. Thora Grey (Sir Carmichael's secretary)Fun Fact: In this book, Scotland Yard's Inspector Japp is addressed as Chief Inspector and not as Detective Inspector like in the previous books. I guess he was promoted. Congrats to him! :)

  • Jim
    2019-01-16 09:23

    "Let us see, Mr. Clever Poirot, just how clever you can be."This is the 13th novel in the Hercule Poirot series and, I believe, is Agatha Christie at her prime. Some of the best Hercule Poirot stories (IMHO) are those in which Poirot's friend Captain Arthur Hastings appears and acts as narrator. One of the unusual aspects of this story is that it is told in both the first and third person narrative. And the third person narrative is reconstructed by the first person (Hastings). The story opens with Hastings returning to London and stopping by to visit his old friend. They reflect back on some of the cases they had worked on when Poirot shows Hastings a letter he has received. It is signed by "A.B.C." and stating that there will be a murder in Andover on a specific date. The letter taunts Poirot and whether he is clever enough to prevent the murder from happening. Poirot had showed the letter to the police and they believed it to be a hoax. On the specified date Alice Ascher, an elderly tobacco shop owner, is killed in her shop. Next Betty Barnard, a flirty waitress, is killed in Bexhill, and then Sir Carmichael Clarke is killed at his home in Churston. At each crime scene the murderer leaves an open ABC railway guide. The next letter sent by A.B.C. states his next location and victim will be in Doncaster, the same day as the St. Leger horse race. By this time the newspapers and public realize there is a serial killer on the loose.The third person narratives as reconstructed by Hastings center around Alexander Bonaparte Cust, a travelling salesman, who was discharged from the Army after a head injury which left him prone to memory blackouts and constant headaches. To his landlady and those who know him Cust is perceived as harmless and a little odd. Cust was in each location on the date the murder took place. A man selling silk stockings had appeared at or near each crime scene. Is Alexander Bonaparte Cust the murderer? Is he "A.B.C."?Poirot enlists a "Legion" of relatives of the victims from the first three crimes in hopes of uncovering new information and to try and prevent a fourth murder in Doncaster. With the first couple of murders the luck was with the murderer but Poirot knows that sooner or later the murderer will make a mistake and after each crime Poirot will learn more about the murderer and his motive and then the murderer will find out just how clever Poirot is!

  • Stephanie Anze
    2019-01-07 05:06

    Hercule Poirot receives a letter which warns about a murder to take place in a named town on a set date and signed only as ABC. The police think it a hoax and pay little mind to it until a woman is murdered in that town on that same date. At the crime site, an A.B.C. Railroad Guide is left behind. The crime attracts very little attention until a second letter arrives for Poirot, a second crime is committed and the railroad guide is left behind once again. This serial killer is working their way through the alphabet. Can Poirot stop the murders before more lives are claimed?This is the thirtienth installment of the Hercule Poirot series and I gotta say, Christie has yet to dissapoint me. This book was different in the sense that it had multiple points of view and a strong suspect was named earlier on than usual. Hastings (from the first book) is back and following Poirot as he works his way through this series of murders. The victims are of different genders, backgrounds and economic situations. They were murdered in different ways as well. The only consistent element is the A.B.C. Railroad Guide and the fact that the names of the victims and towns follow an alphabetical order. Most believe that the choosing of victims is completely random but not Poirot. He suspects something is amiss about the cases. Again, I was guessing til the very end and genuinely shocked at the reveal. I have no idea how Christie does it. Man, am I glad that I still have THIRTY books left in the series to read. They are, without a doubt, among the best books ever.

  • Anastasia ^^
    2019-01-20 01:15

    Απογοητέυτηκα λιγάκι. Υποψιάστηκα τον δολοφόνο και έπεσα μέσα... είχε αρκέτους υπαινιγμούς για αυτόν/ή. Δεν ήταν τυπικό μυθιστόρημα της Κρίστι,ήταν λίγο πιο περίπλοκο όμως μου αρέσουν περισσότερο τα συνηθισμένα της. Δεν ήταν άσχημο όμως, ήταν γρήγορο, ήταν έξυπνο (όπως πάντα άλλωστε) και αρκετά αστείο.

  • Alexandra
    2018-12-24 04:58

    3,5-3,75 (I CAN'T DECIDE) STARS.I'm not going to write a big review here, so don't be afraid of spoilers.I just wanted to say that this book is really good and the whole idea of "The A.B.C. Murders" was pretty intriguing.But the ending was disappointing (for me personally).I was waiting for something like this (As usual, when it comes to detective stories.): But in the end I was like: Yeah? And all this time it was BLABLABLA? That's good. Right? Nice move, Agatha. Despite the fact, that I pretty much saw that coming... In my conclusion I want to add, that this book is pretty (I guess this word is pretty (ha-ha) popular in my vocabulary. Great job, Alex.) interesting and exciting (It can't be that simple. Think, Alex. You're a detective. You can solve this, girl!). But it's not the best. If you want a really shocking detective, I would recommend: The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Peril at End House - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.And my journey continues. Apparently, I'm even better then Poirot. Where's my next case?

  • Dawn Michelle
    2018-12-29 01:11

    I truly love Hercule Poirot mysteries. This one was SO very good. I am not sure I can do a review without giving a ton away, so I will just say it was awesome and I was totally surprised and I cannot wait to read another M. Poirot mystery. I highly recommend this to any mystery-lover. ♥

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-01-01 09:11

    “Who are you? You don't belong to the police?'“I am better than the police,” said Poirot. He said it without conscious arrogance. It was, to him, a simple statement of fact.Poirot #13 is one I had read many years ago, but am re-reading anyway, since I am not reading them all in order.In this one Christie creates an idea followed by hundreds of others in different ways: Having a killer use the alphabet to associate with his killings--Mrs. Ascher in Andover, then Betty Barnhard in Bexhill, and so on. There’s also an ABC travel guide left by each victim. There’s also a character suspected of murder with ABC as his initials. . . It’s a serial killer, so we have to reference Jack the Ripper, of course. This killer writes notes to Poirot taunting him, telling him he will kill someone in three days. So it's the first big "public" murder story for Poirot, where newspapers follow the events. And it's pretty good, overall, maybe 3.5 or so, but:A narrative problem/interesting dilemma Christie creates for herself: Captain Hastings, Poirot’s sidekick, is unimaginative, clueless AND he is also typically the narrator of any story he appears in, so he is either frustratingly or comically unreliable. This is a narrative strategy Christie uses in sort of comic fashion for delaying any idea of our guessing what is going on so we will keep reading until the last pages when she/Poirot reveals whodunnit.In this volume Christie adds another challenge. Not only is Hastings a dope as Watson-ish sidekick to Poirot, Christie also has him try “fiction,” to try and tell the story of the crime, short chapters told that would seem to indicate the person he—Hastings--believes from the beginning dunnit. The problem as Hastings relates it is to use this device to try and get into the mind of various characters and see things from a perspective he couldn’t know, but could only guess at. Okay. . . So there’s this meta-fiction element, but it’s not always so well handled, and in the end, all these “insights,” it’s just another smokescreen for all he does not know. And as usual, how can a dope like Hastings be a convincingly good writer? “Words are only the clothing of ideas,” says Poirot, by which he suggests there are meanings underneath words that could be something different than even we know. But if for Hastings words are the clothing of ideas, he is that mythical emperor with no clothes. Since we know he is likely wrong in following this one character, why should we even pay attention to these chapters that she/he invariably titles, “Not From Captain Hastings’ Personal Narrative.” This idea could be seen as experimental, I guess, but is really imo dumb. In these little narrative interludes Hastings leads us in clunky red herring ways down the wrong path, just as he does in all other investigative aspects of the case, with Poirot or alone. I guess this inter-calary approach could be seen as clever to some, but I thought it was largely annoying. But it's still well done over all. And there's nice touches throughout. For instance, as usual in this book, there is some reflection about the nature of mysteries themselves. At one point Poirot and Hastings imagine themselves as possible writers of a mystery, and Hastings says “I admit," I said, "that a second murder in a book often cheers things up.” And then we actually hear of the second murder, of course. Cute! Clever! Smile-worthy! There is more than the usual amount in this book of reflection about criminal psychology, and it's interesting. I was curious if this was in vogue in 1936, or not. But as with today, many in the book suspect the serial killer is “mad,” by which I mean insane. Are people who kill multiple people crazy? In some sense, sure . . . unless they try to get off by using the insanity defense, those scallywags! We are supposed to suspect crazy people throughout, because. . . well, they are obviously unstable people who kill, right?! Are unstable people capable of possessing any insights whatsoever? Are “normal”-seeming people ever killers? Who knows the answer to these questions? Poirot, of course.So this is a good one, not a great one, flawed but still fun. Part of my bump up from 3 to 4 stars finally is my just liking that Poirot. And in some ways Christie just is getting better.

  • Masoud Irannejad
    2018-12-24 02:24

    ماجرای قاتلی که دست به یک سری قتل های زنجیره ای میزنه و الگویی که انتخاب میکنه قتل به ترتیب حروف الفباست (اسم و فامیلی و شهر) به عنوان مثال اولین مقتول خانمی بود به اسم آلیس آشر که در اندوور به قتل میرسه زیاد خوشم نیومد میتونست خیلی بهتر از این باشه (view spoiler)[ اشتباه نشه داستان قابل پیش بینی نیست، من به این دلیل خوشم نیومد که هیجانی که باید می داشت رو نداشت (hide spoiler)]

  • Nandakishore Varma
    2019-01-15 04:23

    A far-fetched plot, but interesting nonetheless - about a serial killer who chooses his victims in alphabetical order (hence the title). However, there is much more hidden beneath the apparent alphabetical obsession.PS: Readers from Kerala will immediately recall a popular movie from 3-4 years ago, which was plagiarised in part from this novel.

  • Nina
    2018-12-25 09:24

    Sadis dan licik sekali pelaku pembunuhan ABC ini *shaking head* Ingin membunuh si ini tp akhirnya merembet kemana mana.

  • Leah
    2018-12-25 05:12

    A great narration of a true classic...When Captain Hastings comes back on a trip to London from his new home in the Argentine, he hastens round to visit his old friend, Hercule Poirot. After they've done a bit of catching up, Poirot shows Hastings a bizarre letter he has received, warning that a crime will be committed on a certain date in Andover. When the day comes, so does news of a murder – Alice Ascher, the owner of a small newsagents, has been found dead, with a copy of the ABC railway guide lying beside her body. Poirot and Hastings head to Andover, and soon find that Mrs Ascher's drunken husband had every reason to want her dead, and would surely be arrested for the crime were it not for the strange coincidence of the letter. Some weeks pass before Poirot receives a second letter, this time warning of a murder to take place in Bexhill and, sure enough, a body turns up on the due date, along with another copy of the ABC. Poirot is already suspicious that this murderer is working to an alphabetical plan; a suspicion that is confirmed when the third letter speaks of Churston...This is a rather typical Agatha Christie story – typically brilliant, that is. It has everything that makes her books such a joy: intriguing clues, plenty of suspects all with strong motives, lots of red herrings and misdirection, and, of course, the hugely entertaining interplay between Poirot and Hastings. It is narrated by Hastings, partly in the first person for the sections where he was present himself, and the rest in the third person, which he tells us he reconstructed from accounts from Poirot and other people. There are possible suspects for each of the crimes – relatives, lovers and so on – but Poirot must find the link that connects them all. Chief Inspector Japp is always happy to have help from his little Belgian friend, and some of the suspects get together to offer their assistance too, so that they can have justice for the dead and also get out from under the cloud of suspicion that is hovering over them. People sometimes sneer at Christie for working to a “formula” but I say, if a formula works so well, then why not? There are some things in this one that I feel are standard Christie, and they add as much to the enjoyment here as they do in so many of her other books. Her victims are carefully chosen so that we hope for justice for them, while not having to go through too much of the angst of grief. Poirot and Hastings spend much of their time interviewing people until Poirot's little grey cells give him the solution, which he then reveals at a get-together of all the suspects. The tone is lightened by the warmth of Hastings' narration – his occasional humour at Poirot's expense never hiding the warm regard he feels for his friend. And although Poirot is obviously more intelligent than Inspector Japp, the police are never shown as bumbling incompetents. There is a general respect in the books that makes Christie's world a pleasure to visit, and despite the similarities in tone and structure, the plots are different and original enough to make each book feel unique.The plot of this one is beautifully complex and elegantly simple at the same time – a true Christie trait – so that when the solution finally comes, it seems both fiendishly clever and satisfyingly obvious. This is a major part of Christie's success, I think – her “twists” are an untangling of a complicated knot, rather than the sudden introduction of some new layer of hitherto unsuspected silliness, as with so much contemporary crime. Her denouements don't so much make one gasp with stunned disbelief as nod with satisfaction at the logical working out, and grin with pleasure at her cleverness in first hiding and then revealing her clues.I listened to the Audible version of this, narrated by Hugh Fraser, whom Christie fans will recognise as the actor who played Hastings to David Suchet's Poirot in the long-running ITV series. Fraser does a marvellous job – he captures the tone of the books perfectly, bringing out the humour and the warmth of the friendship between Poirot and Hastings. He has a lovely speaking voice and, though he doesn't “act” all the parts, he differentiates enough between the characters so that it's easy to follow who's speaking. Obviously, when he's reading Hastings' dialogue, he sounds just like Hastings. But remarkably, when Poirot is speaking, he sounds just like Suchet's Poirot! I guess Fraser must have spent long enough listening to Suchet do it that he has mastered a faultless impersonation. It gives the narration a wonderful familiarity for fans of the TV adaptations. So to conclude, one of Christie's finest, enhanced by a fabulous narration – I promptly shot off back to Audible and used up all my spare credits on getting as many of Fraser's Poirot readings as I could, and happily he has done loads of them. My highest recommendation for both book and reading – perfect entertainment!www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com

  • Moonlight Reader
    2018-12-24 07:16

    This was a re-read for me, and was just as enjoyable this time around, even knowing whodunnit.

  • Bruce Beckham
    2018-12-31 06:10

    I really liked the plot in this story – it’s the main feature of The ABC Murders – and the trick is to write a review without spoilers! Here goes.As the title suggests, a series of murders begins to take shape – indeed ‘serial killings’ in today’s parlance. The challenge heaped upon Poirot is to pre-empt the killer, who writes to him in advance of the next atrocity. An ABC Railway Guide is left with each victim.First there is Alice Ascher in Andover. Next Betty Barnard in Bexhill. (You get the idea?) All Poirot gets is a place name and a date. For ‘C’ comes Churston.Interestingly, Agatha Christie deviates from her usual rule in which Captain Hastings provides the entire narrative. About a quarter of the chapters give a third-person perspective of a curious character called Alexander Bonaparte Cust (sounds a bit silly, but actually it works okay).It’s a tantalising technique – watching Poirot flounder (it seems) – while the reader is privy to a parallel account. Poirot’s problem is that there is no apparent connection between the victims, and no logic in the killer’s choice other than the facile alphabetical sequence.With all of Scotland Yard’s resources drawing a blank, Poirot’s stated strategy is to wait for the killer to make a mistake – or for their luck to run out – and sure enough we begin to see their plans unravelling.Police morale rises – they close in upon their suspect. But Poirot grows increasingly unhappy. That’s when it begins to dawn upon you that Agatha Christie has tricked you again.